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April 17, 2012 / Issue 19

In This Issue

The ICD-10 delay clarified: What it means for you

Recap: HHS proposes one-year ICD-10 delay

Vital signs by phone, then, with a click, a doctor’s appointment

Republicans put pressure on wireless health regulators

VA on track to break claims backlog

Critics say proposed rule would make millions ineligible for health insurance subsidies

Medicare moves to tie doctors’ pay to quality and cost of care

ONC launches patient-safety-incidents app challenge

WEDI, CMS putting together 5010 education initiative

Opinion: What about single-payer?

Hot Clips: EHRs


Featured Article: ICD-10

The ICD-10 delay clarified: What it means for you

Five implications of CMS' proposal to push back compliance to October 2014.

By Josh Gray, managing director, The Advisory Board Company.

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Claims and Coding

Recap: HHS proposes one-year ICD-10 delay

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on April 9 a proposed rule that would delay, from October 1, 2013, to October 1, 2014, the compliance date for the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition diagnosis and procedure codes (ICD-10).

Read the HHS notice of proposed delay. >

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Breakthrough Mobile Technologies

Vital signs by phone, then, with a click, a doctor’s appointment

Some entrepreneurial doctors and patients have come up with websites, mobile apps and devices to ease monitoring of a person’s vital signs and even make appointments. Read about breakthrough “big ideas” and how they work.

Read the NYT article. >

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Wireless Technologies

Republicans put pressure on wireless health regulators

Six Republicans in the US House of Representatives recently sent a letter to the FDA and FCC that explains the importance of wireless health devices and medical apps, cautions against slow and inconsistent regulations, and asks for a progress report on how the two regulatory bodies are working together to co-regulate these technologies.

Read the mobihealthnews article. >

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Claims and Coding

VA on track to break claims backlog

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki says the VA is on track toward meeting one of the top priorities he set on arrival at the department three years ago: breaking the back of the disability claims backlog. VA spent the last two years creating an automated tool to make claims determinations faster and more accurate. "Our intent is to have no claim over 125 days,” says Shinseki.

Read the DoD article. >

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Healthcare Law

Critics say proposed rule would make millions ineligible for health insurance subsidies

Consumer advocates, physician groups and several Democratic lawmakers are fighting a quiet battle over a key benefit in the healthcare law: tax credits to help millions of people purchase insurance.

Read the KHN article. >

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Medicare and Medicaid

Medicare moves to tie doctors’ pay to quality and cost of care

Twenty-thousand physicians in four Midwest states received a glimpse into their financial future last month. Landing in their email inboxes were links to reports from Medicare showing the amount their patients cost on average as well as the quality of the care they provided.

Read the Washington Post article. >

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Mobile Apps

ONC launches patient-safety-incidents app challenge

The “Reporting Patient Safety Events Challenge” sponsored by HHS asks multi-disciplinary teams to develop an application that facilitates the reporting of patient-safety events, whether implemented in hospital or ambulatory settings. First prize is a cool $50,000.

Read the HHS announcement. >

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Claims and Coding: 5010

WEDI, CMS putting together 5010 education initiative

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) has announced its collaboration with other industry and government entities to support the healthcare industry’s upgrade to ASC X12 5010. This effort will be a multi-tiered campaign to gather feedback, track challenges and identify and provide guidance to correcting ASC X12 5010 implementation-related issues, especially among commercial payers.

Read the WEDI announcement. >

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Healthcare Law

Opinion: What about single-payer?

The Supreme Court may have divined the solution to America's healthcare woes that Congress refused to consider.

Read the Baltimore Sun editorial by Dr. James Burdick. >

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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: EHRs

Click on the highlighted links below to read the top HMT archival properties concerning electronic health records (EHRs), a topic that is at the forefront of healthcare discussions.

  1. 10 key takeaways on the Stage 2 meaningful-use proposal
    On Feb. 23, 2012, CMS released the notice of proposed rule making (NPRM) for Stage 2 of the EHR Incentive Program. Here’s what you should know.
  2. EHRs go rural
    West Texas RHIO comes together to help hospitals conquer the digital divide – and then some.
  3. An EHR that delivers results
    Arizona doctors credit EHR with helping them grow their practice into the largest of its specialty in the state.
  4. Transferring data securely from medical devices to EMRs
    Cardiac clinic moves closer to going paperless.
  5. A look at unintended consequences of EHRs
    The industry needs to focus on building EHRs that decrease medical errors and enhance patient care.
  6. Getting EHR vendors speaking the same language
    What it will take to encourage EHR vendors to develop truly interoperable EHRs.

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